Visual Arts Education through Doctoral Studies in Aotearoa, NZ: Towards a Kaupapa Māori Approach

By Huia Jahnke, Areta Wilkinson and Terri Te Tau.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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Until recently, the terminal degree for the visual arts discipline in higher education in Aotearoa, New Zealand was the Master’s degree. Over the past twenty years, doctoral studies in the visual arts have been offered in several universities. This article explores the intersection between visual art practice, theory, and the ethics of knowledge production in the social sciences that are underpinned by kaupapa Māori or indigenous centred philosophical perspectives. Two case studies will be presented of doctoral candidate’s works which demonstrate some of the complex issues they face in the conceptualisation and production of art, while drawing from relevant western and indigenous theories within the social sciences domain and applying a culturally ethical approach to their practice (theory and art production) in accordance with Māori traditions. Supervision is a critical component in the candidate doctoral journey. Within indigenous contexts the supervisor may need to challenge orthodox approaches by supporting new and innovative ways of indigenous candidates presenting their finished theses.

Keywords: Indigenous Visual Arts, Indigenous Doctoral Research, Kaupapa Māori Research, PhD Supervision, Māori Visual Arts, Doctoral study, Ethnography, Indigeneity, Indigenous Higher Education

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 11, Issue 1, March, 2016, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 19, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 667.744KB)).

Prof. Huia Jahnke

Associate Professor Māori Education, Te Putahi a Toi School of Māori Art, knowledge and Education, Massey University, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand

Dr. Areta Wilkinson

PhD Candidate, Te Putahi a Toi School Māori Art, knowledge & Education, Massey University, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Terri Te Tau

Doctoral Candidate, Te Putahi a Toi School of Māori Art, Knowledge & Education, Massey University, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand